Read Wall Street Journal Articles Without Paying a Dime (Legally)

By Lowell Heddings on May 16th, 2009

How many times have you clicked on a link to a Wall Street Journal article, only to run smack into their for-pay wall? It’s infuriating, you only get to read a few sentences… but you can read the whole article, legally, for free.

If you aren’t quite sure what we’re talking about, I’m referring to this screen that shows up when you view an WSJ article directly:

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Note: We aren’t trying to get you to steal any content – if you really like WSJ you should subscribe.

How to Read the Article For Free

The solution is simple… if you read the article via Google News, you will be taken directly to the real thing. So all you really have to do is right-click on the title of the article…

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And you should immediately see the article at the top of the list under the Google News section… but this even seems to work when you click the regular Google result for the article.

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And once you’ve clicked the link, you’ll be taken straight to the real article.

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Again, if you really like the Wall Street Journal and want to read it on a daily basis, you need to subscribe. If you just want to read a single article here or there, this is a great, free way to do so.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/16/09
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